KEFIR FOR BALANCED BLOOD PRESSURE
Since high blood pressure increases your risk of serious problems like heart attack and stroke, it’s something you want to address immediately. Your doctor might put you on blood pressure medication to drive that high BP down, but some of these medications come with side effects. Plus, you may not want to be stuck taking meds for the rest of your life. Luckily, it is possible to control high blood pressure without medication. Simple lifestyle changes like losing weight, trimming fat on your waistline, exercising daily, eating healthy and cutting back on alcohol, caffeine and stress can have an amazing effect on your blood pressure.
But there may be another simple, delicious way to support healthy blood pressure…
Drink a daily glass of kefir.
Fermented dairy does your blood pressure good- A recent study from researchers at Auburn University in Alabama and the University of Vila Velha in Brazil found that the fermented dairy beverage kefir could help manage high blood pressure by improving communication between the gut and the brain.
Why did kefir bring their high BP down? Well, previous research shows that sometimes a bacterial imbalance in the gut can cause high blood pressure. And studies also show that probiotic supplements can improve blood pressure. So, it makes sense that this fermented, probiotic-rich drink would do the same.
But the benefits of kefir went beyond blood pressure…
Researchers also found that kefir decreases endotoxin in the blood and improves better intestinal permeability . Intestinal permeability refers to your intestines’ ability to allow some substances to pass through to the rest of your body, while blocking bad bacteria and other harmful substances from doing the same. When your intestinal permeability gets out of whack, the bad stuff finds its way into your blood and can create inflammation that leads to disease. This is called leaky gut syndrome. Researchers also found that kefir restored the balance of four healthy bacteria in the gut and an enzyme in the brain that promotes a healthy nervous system. That’s why they believe kefir may lower blood pressure by improving communication between the gut and the brain. Probiotics have an impact on the gut and the brain, and the gut and brain both have an impact on blood pressure.
Adding kefir to your diet- There’s plenty of research in humans showing that eating (or drinking) foods rich in probiotics can improve blood pressure. If you do decide to try it, make sure to buy one without added sugar. Thus, other probiotics which have added sugar might not be the best choice. You don’t want too much of the sweet stuff to counteract the health benefits of this fermented drink.